Our new West. Records of travel between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean. Over the plains -- over the mountains -- through the great interior basin -- over the Sierra Nevadas -- to and up and down the Pacific Coast. With details of the wonderful natural scenery, agriculture, mines, business, social life, progress, and prospects of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia; including a full description of the Pacific Railroad; and the life of the Mormons, Indians, and Chinese. With map, portraits, and twelve full page illustrations. By Samuel Bowles. Published by Subscription only. Hartford, Ct. Hartford Publishing Co. ... J. D. Dennison, New York. J. A. Stoddard, Chicago, Ill., 1869. 23x14 cm (octavo), pp. [i-v] vi-viii [ix] x-xi [xii-xiii] xiv-xx [21-23] 24-524, 13 inserted plates, 1 map (all counted as part of the pagination), publisher's legal sheep, black leather title and author pieces, brown coated endpapers. First edition. A new work on the American west based on "the original records of his two summers' journeys" described in Across the Continent (1865) and The Switzerland of America (1869), "corrected and reviewed by the help of all other sources of information ..." Chapter XX, pages [374]-393 is devoted to "The Yo Semite Valley and the Big Trees." Suede rubbed at edges and a bit scuffed but the binding is sound and the hinges are tight inside and out, a superior copy in this binding. Internally tight and pretty clean, but with one peculiarity -- all but one of the plates have tide marks to margins along the lower edge and lower part of the fore-edge -- obviously stained before insertion into the text block which has no water stains. Nevertheless, this is quite a nice copy. (#172938).

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